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The Day John Lennon Died (59:00 / 54:00)

From: Paul Ingles
Length: 58:56

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Music fans recall how they heard the news of John Lennon's death in 1980, and what Lennon's music has meant to them. Also, excerpts from an interview John and Yoko gave on the morning of the day he died. Great Lennon music too.

John-lennon_8_small December 8, 1980, musician John Lennon was shot and killed outside of his apartment building in New York City by a deluded fan. Producer Paul Ingles asked various people to recall how they heard the news and what John Lennon's music meant to them. The program also includes excerpts from an interview John and Yoko Ono gave the morning of December 8, The Day John Lennon Died.

"...this guy comes running in and said 'John Lennon's been killed!' And I said, 'Yeah...right...' and he said 'no no it's true.' I looked more closely at him and saw that he was just ashen-faced. I went out into my car and turned the radio on. All the way across the dial, you heard Beatles songs. And it was as if...it was as if the world had stopped." - Martin Goldsmith

"...every time I would get off the subway at 72nd street and Central Park West...it's just like this...overwhelming sadness." - Shawn Colvin

"...the checkout lady said she'd heard John Lennon had been killed. She said it was either John Lennon or Jack Lemmon. And I remember going out to my car and wishing it was Jack Lemmon...but it was John Lennon." - Jim Palmer

"...I think about him, every time I do something political, every time I do something I beleive in or teach my child about what I belileve in. I don't want to put him up on a pedestal because he wasn't a perfect human. I just...I think about him." - Emily Zambello


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December 8, 1980, musician John Lennon was shot and killed outside of his apartment building in New York City by a deluded fan. Producer Paul Ingles asked various people to recall how they heard the news and what John Lennon's music meant to them. The program also includes excerpts from an interview John and Yoko Ono gave the morning of December 8, The Day John Lennon Died.

"...this guy comes running in and said 'John Lennon's been killed!' And I said, 'Yeah...right...' and he said 'no no it's true.' I looked more closely at him and saw that he was just ashen-faced. I went out into my car and turned the radio on. All the way across the dial, you heard Beatles songs. And it was as if...it was as if the world had stopped." - Martin Goldsmith

"...every time I would get off the subway at 72nd street and Central Park West...it's just like this...overwhelming sadness." - Shawn Colvin

"...the checkout lady said she'd heard John Lennon had been killed. She said it was either John Lennon or Jack Lemmon. And I remember going out to my car and wishing it was Jack Lemmon...but it was John Lennon." - Jim Palmer

"...I think about him, every time I do something political, every time I do something I beleive in or teach my child about what I belileve in. I don't want to put him up on a pedestal because he wasn't a perfect human. I just...I think about him." - Emily Zambello


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Nice show

Well done show. Got all choked up listening to it.

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Here's to You, John

Where were you the night John Lennon died? If you’re 40-plus years old, the chances are you remember where you were—just as you might, if you’re 60-plus years old, remember where you were the day President John F. Kennedy died—or, if you’re 15-plus years old, remember where you were the morning the twin towers of the World Trade Center were attacked.

It’s hard to believe that December 8th of this year marks the 30th anniversary of Lennon’s death near 72nd Street and Central Park West in New York. Three decades have whizzed by like a dream. Yet the events of Lennon’s last night alive are, for me, a nightmare from which I still haven’t quite awoken.

The strength of Paul Ingles’s hour-long piece partly involves his recordings of Lennon’s fans recollecting where they were and what they did when they learned of John’s death. Shock and disbelief were what these fans felt. It’s significant that in his piece Ingles mentions nothing about Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman. For that matter, Ingles only once mentions the name of the venerable Dakota apartment building, where John and Yoko Ono made their home, outside of which Chapman waited with his weapon.

First and foremost this is a tribute to Lennon. Therefore, it doesn’t need to bring in Lennon’s killer or recreate the Gothic weirdness of the Dakota, where the movie “Rosemary’s Baby” had been set in 1968. On the contrary, Ingles livens up “The Day John Lennon Died” with some of Lennon’s terrific—deathless—songs, including “Imagine,” whose title is in the middle of the mosaic of inlaid stones in Central Park’s Strawberry Fields Memorial, not far from the Dakota.

What’s more, Ingles records ample selections from an interview Lennon gave earlier on the day of his death. It’s a strong interview—as wise and funny as the leader of the Beatles was. Thirty years haven’t taken him away from us. It’s possible that 300 years won’t either.

Timing and Cues

59:00 Version Version

59:00 Version

00:00:00 - 00:00:59 - Open BB

00:01:00 - 00:22:56 - Part A- Ends with a music clip that can be ducked for local anncts. It is a vocal.

00:22:57 - 00:42:55 - Part B - Ends with a music clip that can be ducked for local anncts. It is a vocal.

00:42:56 - 00:59:00 - Part C

54:00 Version Version

54:00 Version

00:00:00 - 00:00:59 - Open BB

00:01:00 - 00:05:59 - Your Newscast

00:06:00 - 00:26:18 - Part A- Ends with a music clip that can be ducked for local anncts. It is a vocal.

00:26:19 - 00:44:37 - Part B - Ends with a music clip that can be ducked for local anncts. It is a vocal.

00:44:38 - 00:59:00 - Part C

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
In My Life The Beatles Rubber Soul. Parlophone 1965 :00
The Ballad of John and Yoko The Beatles Imagine (Soundtrack). Capitol 1988 :00
DOn't Let Me Down The Beatles Past Masters, Vol. 2. Apple 1988 :00
Beautiful Boy John Lennon Imagine (Soundtrack). Capitol 1988 :00
Help! The Beatles Imagine (Soundtrack). Capitol 1988 :00
Because The Beatles Anthology, Vol. 3. Apple 1996 :00
Love John Lennon John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. Apple 1970 :00
Woman John Lennon Double Fantasy (Stripped Down). Capitol 2010 :00
How? John Lennon Imagine (Soundtrack). Capitol 1988 :00
God John Lennon Imagine (Soundtrack). Capitol 1988 :00
Be-Bob-A-Lu-La John Lennon Rock 'n' Roll. Capitol 1974 :00
(Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon Double Fantasy (Stripped Down). Capitol 2010 :00
Imagine John Lennon Live In New York City. Capitol 1986 :00
Real Love John Lennon Imagine (Soundtrack). Capitol 1988 :00

Related Website

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